What subjects are available?
The first three T Levels began at selected sites in September 2020 and were courses in:
- Digital production, design and development
- Design, surveying and planning
Further T Level qualifications are set to begin in September 2021 in:
- Building services engineering for construction
- Digital business services
- Digital support services
- Healthcare science
- Onsite construction
The technical qualifications for the above seven T Levels have now been approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships and accredited by Ofqual for teaching from September 2021. You can find more information here.
Structure and certification
T Level students spend 80% of the course in the classroom, learning the skills that employers need. The other 20% is an industry placement in which these skills are put into action. Through this, the courses include, as compulsory:
- A technical qualification, incorporating:
- Core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
- Specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
- An industry placement with an employer
- A minimum standard in maths and English, if students have not already achieved them.
Students who complete their T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. More information on grading and certification can be found here, including information on the comparability of T Levels and A Levels in UCAS tariff points.
What funding will be available?
Additional funding is required for schools to successfully introduce and deliver T Levels. The government has set out details of how T levels will be funded here. They have also announced a third round of T Level capital funding of £135m, details of which and application forms can be found here.
First published 17 February 2021